(Closed) Letterpress Invitations

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
Member
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Letterpress is expensive, have you checked to see if there are any classes in the area to learn it?  There was a Blogger Bee that took the classes and did her invitations while learning to do it herself.  There are also some nice press machines at Hobby Lobby and Micheals. 

Post # 4
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do you already have the design in PDF form? I used a local printer here in Santa Clara, CA called Jeronimo’s. For one color prints, he charged me about $120 for each set up. I kept it to an invitation, and RSVP card. I purchased the letterpress paper separately from a paper store in LA and had it shipped to Jeronimo’s.

I know Jeronimo’s will ship the items back to wherever you need it. I bought envelopes separately online; total cost of my invites came out to be $2.90 for 100 sets. I think that’s their set charge, whether you print 50 or 100 sets.

 

Post # 5
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5183 posts
Bee Keeper

You can get an L-letterpress and DIY! they have them on papersource. 

Post # 6
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2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If you get an L Letterpress, make sure you read Boxcar’s review of it.  They have a lot of good instructions on how to get really nice prints.  

Post # 7
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@andrealex: I’m using the Epic 6 L Letterpress and ordered custom plates that I ordered through Boxcar Press. 

I’m a good graphic designer, but inept with my hands, so I wasn’t sure how they’d turn out.  I *almost* have the inking down, and they look beautiful!  In the end it’s about the same price it’d be if I had sent invites to printed at a local print shop.

Give it a try!

Post # 8
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2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@zagora: How are you doing the inking?  I emailed Boxcar about it, but haven’t heard back.  Do you have an ink knife thing?  

Post # 9
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1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We did the exact same thing you’re doing. I shopped around a lot because there was no way I could afford a regular letterpress printer. We ended up going with an awesome printer called Matthew Kelsey (www.mkprinter.com). He did an amazing job for a fraction of other printers’ prices! I think I paid around $500 for a suite of 200 invites and inserts on really, really nice paper (140 lb. Holyoke Cotton, which is much”fluffier” than Crane Lettra–all our guests were super impressed). I also called Studio on Fire, and they gave me a really good quote too, but they only end up being cheaper if you’re printing a large suite because they fit all of your items on a single page to letterpress… I’d try both of those guys! 

Post # 10
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@UK Bride: omg! i got a quote from matthew also! 😀 his pricing was also super competitive but jeronimo’s was closer to us!

Post # 14
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@BoiledPNut: I do have an ink knife.  I think it’s the consistency of my ink – it was sticking to the surface and not to the brayer!

Out of desperation I took my olive oil spray and sprayed it once on the ink.  It made it so much easier to work with and actually allowed me to spread out the ink.

Now that my mega birthday-engagement-housewarming-homerenovation party is done, going to get out the invites again and try another batch with less ink, but using a tiiiiny bit of olive oil.

@UK Bride:  I’m using Holyoke paper too!  Looooove it’s texture.  I had to take out the bottom of my L Letterpress to use because of its thickness, but it’s perfect.  So classy.

Post # 15
Member
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I used The Aerialist Press for my invites…love love love them!

I only got invites (instead of an entire suite) because of how expensive letter press is. I think I paid $435 for 100 invites. But, you pay by the piece and for how many colors. I did 2 colors.

I would def recommend them. They can also do the design for pretty cheap (it was included in mine).

I have also heard people say, just do the invites in letterpress and the rest can be digital or printed to save on $$$.

Good luck!

Post # 16
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533 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@andrealex: Contact Michelle from Invitation Galleria here in tampa. She did the printing for my invites for + a whole bunch of other things like calligraphy and ordered pocket folds and envelopes & stickers for 120 invitations for about $600 so i’m sure she can do something for you! 

Check her out & good luck. 🙂

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